Identifying dogs with the best chance of a good result is our highest priority. Small breed dogs (over 4 kg) with advanced valve disease (ACVIM Stage B2 or Stage C)* may be eligible for the procedure. To assess an individual’s suitability, the mitral valve anatomy and function is meticulously examined via ultrasound by a VCA cardiologist.

*ACVIM Stage B2 myxomatous mitral valve disease patients have enlarged hearts, however they are not in heart failure. ACVIM Stage C patients have experienced heart failure (fluid on the lungs) and are currently prescribed diuretics as part of their medical management.